Tools of the trade

Most of my research has focused on solutions to problems that rely to a great deal on field observations and subsequent microscopic research. Working with dinosaurs, some of the most interesting discoveries are the small things such as the nature of the microvertebrate population. Years ago, Emile Pessagno and I contributed to the solutions of terrane ages and plate tectonic solution using radiolarian microfossils. Now, I am mostly working on projects that involve small foraminifers that tell stories of huge waves sweeping over barrier islands and of tiny bits of plastic that are alarmingly collecting in our ecosystem.


Before leaving UTD

  1. Complete research on the Boquillas sea floor near Lajitas, Texas. A manuscript should be completed by the end of 2016. This will wrap up my work in this area.
  2. Paleotempestology of the Gulf of Mexico margin and in the Caribbean. The goal is to trace major storms back in time for a few thousand years based mostly on sedimentology, paleontology, and radiometric dating. Several cores are promising.

Microplastic pollution. Synthetic fibers in Galveston Bay come is a range of colors. Sand grains for scale. The stuff is everywhere.

Recent past

  1. Montgomery and Barnes, 2012, Paleolimnology of Uppermost Cretaceous Lacustrine Deposits in Western Texas. Palaios, v. 27, p. 386-394.
  2. Montgomery and Donaldson, 2014, Using Problem-Based Learning to Deliver a More Authentic Experience in Paleontology. Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 62, p. 714-724.
  3. Montgomery, H., and Clark, S., 2016, Paleoecology of the Gaddis site in the Upper Cretaceous Aguja Formation, Terlingua, Texas. Palaios, (in press).

Figure 5

Fossils from the microvertebrate lens. Scale bars are 1.0 mm.